From left, Chief David Hare, Undersheriff Ray Rose, Marine Unit Deputy Jonathan Levin, Sheriff Mark Curran. Back row is Wayne County Sheriff Mike Everett & Jennifer Levin. – LCSO
Marine Unit Deputy Jonathan Levin of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was recently named ‘2016 Deputy of the Year’ by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association at their Winter Conference held in East Peoria.
On July 16, 2016 at approximately 3:10 p.m., Deputy Levin was in his personal vehicle and driving home after completing his shift at the Lake County Sheriff’s Marine Unit, when he came across the scene of a serious traffic crash involving a pickup truck and three motorcycles in Fox Lake.
He immediately positioned his personal vehicle to block traffic, so the victims of the crash were protected from other vehicles driving through the wreckage.
Deputy Levin exited his vehicle and observed a pickup truck on fire with two motorcyclists trapped underneath. Without hesitation, Deputy Levin pulled both of the trapped motorcyclists to safety away from the growing fire. He then administered first-aid until Fox Lake Paramedics arrived and assumed patient care.
The crash resulted in the death of one of the trapped motorcyclists. The other survived the horrific crash, due to the quick actions of Deputy Levin.
“I am very proud of Deputy Levin’s heroic actions and excited to see him named Deputy of the Year by the Illinois Sheriff’s Association,” said Sheriff Mark Curran.
Undersheriff Ray Rose added, “There is no doubt Deputy Levin’s actions went above and beyond the call of duty on July 16th. Because of his quick thinking and brave actions, he was able to save someone’s life.”
In January, Deputy Levin was honored at the Fox Lake Village Board meeting by Mayor Donny Schmit, the village board, and Fox Lake Chief of Police Russell Laine, for his life-saving actions.